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Blakemore Tube- It is used in life threatening upper GI bleeding from ruptured esophageal/gastric varices. It holds pressure on the bleeding varices. This is only a temporary method to buy time for more definitive procedures to stop the bleeding. The tube is inserted [by an MD], kinda like a NG Tube. It’s inserted all the way to the stomach. The tube has 3 ports. 1st the MD will blow up the esophageal balloon to hold pressure on the esophageal varices [Port 1]. 2nd he will blow up the…

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In cases of refractory bleeding, balloon tamponade with Sengstaken-Blakemore tube may be necessary, usually as a bridge to further endoscopy or treatment of the underlying cause of bleeding (usually portal hypertension). Methods of treating the portal hypertension include: transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS), or a distal splenorenal shunt procedure or a liver transplantation.

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Esophageal varices may or may not bleed. The condition that bleeds is life-threatening. Treatment aims to prevent or stop the bleeding, to avoid complications.... http://www.natural-health-news.com/esophageal-varices-symptoms-causes-diagnosis-and-treatment

Esophageal Dysphagia: Esophageal Varices....a complication found with liver diseases

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Diet for a Patient With Esophageal Varices

Being deficient in any of certain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fend off and recover from illnesses.